Giulio Di Sturco
The United Arab Emirates, most of which is desert, is afraid of starving. In an unstable geopolitical context, the Emirates, so popular with the international jet-set, imports 90% of its food; the Covid-19 crisis, blocking both the economy and its international airport, raised fears of the longer-term risks of isolation for this desert confetti. The answer was quickin all UAE area: a plan to revive agriculture that the USSR would not have denied, but doped with high-tech (aquaponics, powerful fertilizers, etc.). The Emirates are summoning the latest international technology (and imported labor) to make the desert green. Even if it means playing against nature.
Ganga Ma (Mother Ganges) is the culmination of a ten-year research project. Starting in 2005, Di Sturco has chronicled the course of the river Ganges over 2,500 km, downstream from its source as snow in the Himalayan glaciers through to Bangladesh where it empties into the sea in the bay of Bengal. Much more than a mere river, for Hindus the Ganges represents the fulcrum of spirituality. Ironically, today the river is one of the most polluted in the world. Its water levels have shrunk drastically and are very toxic, endangering the livelihoods of over 400 million people who depend on it.